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3.0 out of 5 stars Likeable and entertaining JAWS clone., 9 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Swamp Shark (DVD) (2011) (DVD)
I popped this in the DVD player with an open mind, then the menu screen came on, with some idiotic hillbilly chase music tinkiling away in the background. Lesser film fans might have ejected the disc at that point and used it to prop a table up, but not me; I'm made of sterner stuff, me, and anyway, it was called SWAMP SHARK! How could I not watch it?

Imagine my considerable surprise then when I got to watch an entertaining and likeable killer shark film. Hooray.

The fun begins immediately, and crazily, with a large heavily-armoured shark being transported in a water tanker, to be sold to a crooked sherriff. Why does he want the shark? Who cares, certainly not the scriptwriters. Anyway, the shark's not too keen on being in his little tanker and so makes a ruckus, causing the cylindrical tank he is trapped in to fall off the lorry, roll down a hill, squishing some people on the way, and splash down in the swamp, where the tank breaks in half and El Sharko swims happily off.

The rest of the story writes itself; essentially JAWS in the swamp, the shark swims about eating people, the police don't believe or are trying to cover it up while Kristy Swanson's restaurant-owning family try to track it down and kill it before it can munch on the hundreds of people on boats and rubber rings enjoying the Gator Fest. And there you have it; SWAMP SHARK!

But it's actually pretty good. There is nothing at all original here [apart perhaps from the final method of killing the beast], and the special effects and gore are variable at best. The characters though are engaging and interesting, the script is reasonable, even occasionally funny when it means to be. The sound mix is good [for a change], and some parts, like the climax, are mildly exciting. SWAMP SHARK is also a very family-friendly film; there are no swears, and the producers and directors took obvious care to not include nudity, so you can watch it with younger teeenagers or your grandmother. Altogether its a refreshing and likeable kiler-shark film, which doesn't fall back on pointless nastiness or gratuitous sex [not that there's anything wrong with gratuitous sex!].

I expected to rip this poor film to shreds, but instead I like it, and will give it a good three stars for effort and goodwill.
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